Gnocchi and Valentines

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Valentines Day.  Most people take firm sides of either loving or hating this classic holiday.  I’m one who falls massively on the love side of the scale.  A whole day dedicated to expressing affection! What could be more ‘Becca-like?  As a kid I delighted in the endless pile of tiny envelopes you got to open, always hopeful for the ones containing a foil wrapped chocolate or powder coated message-candy.  And while I greatly admired my classmates who managed to make 31 handmade valentines, the store bought variety with Winnie the Pooh or Snoopy or Cinderella handing out hearts and balloons were just fine by me too.

This year I think my delight meter burst in the red over St. V’s day…not surprisingly the Bebe had some part to play.  But actually the most expansive part of this past Tuesday was that several people–old friends from college, my dear Mummy, gals from my Bible study group and my former boss–all made efforts to say hello and express love in some special way.  It was like a grown-up version of what I so enjoyed in elementary school: Valentines Day is for everybody, not just lovers.

Of course the romantic, make-sure-you-have-a-date pressure of Valentine’s Day can be a major drag.  When you are single, V-Day can feel like the day of dire desperation or sinking cynicism. One year I got so befuddled I actually tried to find an ex-boyfriend who had since moved to New York to pursue acting, and ended up leaving a needy-sounding message on the machine of some dude with the same name.  Yep, that was me.

What I decided to do this year was surprise my husband with a home-cooked dinner and an intriguingly romantic and creative atmosphere.  So I made meyer-lemon gnocchi (from scratch no less!) while baby sat in his bouncy seat wondering what I was up to.  And Ben surprised me with a hand made garland of origami hearts, each one containing a promised outing, adventure, or gift.   Smashing dahling!  This is a year to remember!

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3 thoughts on “Gnocchi and Valentines

  1. Susan short says:

    Wonderful! Not sure which I loved the most: the I love you Ben vase, the origami valentines or Aaron with the roses-such a clever picture. Aaron probably has to win. Thanks for including me on your blog list. We have been missing you at watercolor. Maybe you could help me start a blog.

    susan short

  2. tricia says:

    Ben is so great to share Valentine’s day with you especially as a new mom. It’s all about the baby but for you two to slow down and take time for each other as husband and wife is a true gift. How great that those hand crafted hearts were made just for you Rebecca. Wow. I wonder if Cupid hung out in the area because chad and I shared home made songs to each other. Even though we don’t have a baby to focus on nurturing we too have to carve out special time to remember our love for each other.

    • rebeccaannafaubion says:

      Thanks for sharing Trish! I’m so glad in my heart to see God’s hands in all our lives – especially those miracle moments of loving kindness! Chad is one blessed dude to have you for a wife.

      Sent from my iPhone

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